Teknic Knox TP2 Chest Protectors Knox TP2 Impact Protectors are made from a 3 layer construction with a unique polypropylene honeycomb inner core, covered in soft PE foam These protectors are engineered to form a flexible and comfortable protector Fully approved to the European EN1621.1 CE standard
Forcefield Race Lite Chest Protector The fully CE approved Forcefield Race-Lite Chest Protector is designed to be soft, flexible and comfortable. Using Nitrex a unique High Tech shock absorbing material combined with dense and lightweight layers of foam, energy can be dispersed evenly over its surface. The Race-Lite can be worn independently or in conjunction with a Forcefield Back Protector. Features Perfect for the spirited performance road rider/racer. RPT (Repeat Performance Technology) Soft, flexible, comfortable and non restrictive Supplied with two types of fitting strap High Tech Nitrex construction Fully Adjustable Breathable and lightweight Moulds to body shape Multi sport product CE approved Please Note This newest version of the Race-Lite Chest Protector only comes with chest attachment straps, not shoulder straps. The Race-Lite Chest Protector must be paired with the either the Forcefield Pro L2 Back Protector or the Forcefield Pro Sub 4 Back Protector and cannot be worn alone.
This feels like a very good protector. My only real complaint is that there could be a bit more coverage, and in retrospect I probably would have gotten a medium rather than a small (I'm a 34" chest for reference). The coverage from side to side is fine, but I wish there was about an inch or so more coverage from top to bottom.
Other than that I feel very protected. Rather than using the strap, I've just glued some velcro into my jacket and stick it on there so that I don't have to fuss with strapping it on.
Slimmest CE-approved armor available (6mm) Patented snap fastening system Large size for shoulders, elbows and knees Medium size for smaller men and women Can be used in apparel from any manufacturer Sold individually, ordering one of these units gets you one piece of armor
I'm not really sure how to feel about this product. I think its going to depend a lot on your needs and expectations whether or not you'll like it. It is not the best armor out there by a long shot, but it does provide a baseline of minimum CE certification at a good price point, and is incredibly unintrusive.
If you're wavering between not wearing any gear at all, and sewing some of this armor into a pair of jeans at the knees and/or hips, its definitely better than nothing and is hardly noticeable. If you're willing to tolerate something a little more intrusive, though, there are probably better options out there.
I wouldn't bother with the medium size, especially seeing as they're the same price. I found the large size to be about the perfect coverage for hip protection, and you could always trim it down if you wanted it smaller.
Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector Replacement CE Level 2 D30 Back Pad for Klim Jackets. D3O's Viper back protector benefits from Airwave Technology and is extremely flexible, low profile and lightweight, whilst offering incredible protection. Measures 17 Tall by 11 at widest point.
I was a bit concerned after reading a bit about d30 online, as well as how much cheaper this protector is than many other level 2 protectors. After trying it on though I am very pleased with this protector, I hardly realize its there as it moves with you, and it feels just as protective as spine protectors twice the price.
It does fit into my size 44 Dainese textile jacket without any trimming.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Philip Gore-Tex Jacket
Dainese Philip Gore-Tex Jacket Designed for touring motorcycle riders in search of practical, comfortable gear, this jacket vaunts a breathable waterproof Gore-Tex membrane laminated to fabric on the outside provided with water repellence treatment to offer the lightest weight with quick drying time. Elevated comfort is also ensured by the air vents on the chest and the removable thermal lining, the volume adjustment possibilities for the sides, collar, and cuffs, and jacket bottom, and the jacket-pants fastening zip. Homologated composite protectors, a pocket for a back protector, and reflective inserts complete this jacket, which is also available in shaped size. Protection Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standards Ergonomics and Comfort High-tenacity polyamide fabric Adjustment strap on neck Wrist adjustement Waist adjustment Drawstring adjustable jacket bottom Jacket-trousers fastening system Breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane Membrane laminated with outer fabric External fabric with water-resistance treatment Air inlets on chest Removable thermal liner Other Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector 2 outside pockets Internal pocket Waterproof pocket on strip Pocket on removable liner Reflective inserts
I was looking for a jacket with a few basic criteria: looked good, euro fit, waterproof barrier laminated to shell, and venting. This jacket meets all of those requirements, and I'm really liking it so far.
I do have a few minor nitpicks. One, the elbow armor is just a little loose with the thermal liner out, so I wish there was some subtly integrated adjustment for the sleeves. Its not too bad, definitely not as loose as some American-cut jackets I've owned, but I wish there was a way to tighten it up a bit.
I also wish the collar came up just a little higher, to help keep the wind out on those chilly days. A scarf or balaclava solves that easily enough though.
The front pockets could be a little larger (they'll fit a wallet but not much more), and I wish Dainese had included a way of integrating chest protection into this jacket like some of their other jackets.
Really though, those are all minor nitpicks, and most of them are easy enough to work around. I like this jacket because it doesn't have a dozen unnecessary pockets and a bunch of liners to deal with. It's quite stylish for a riding jacket(I got the all black version), which is important to me because my bike is my only transportation. I don't expect the venting to do a whole lot since its only the small vents at the shoulders, but they'll probably be better than nothing. I may update this review later in the summer to comment on how the venting does.
For my purposes, which is primarily around town riding with the occasional day trip in a cool and wet climate, I'd really have a hard time finding something more perfect. For someone who lives in a warmer climate, or who is looking for a serious touring jacket, there are probably better options out there both from Dainese and others (more pockets, better venting, removeable waterproof liners, etc).
Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro for Dainese Jackets Level 2 Performance Soft and Flexible Comfortable non restrictive Breathable Lightweight Hi Tech Design Shapes are specifically cut to fit Dainese Jackets. Please see below chart for protector measurements Size Measurements Small (G1) 15 Height 9.5 Widest Point Medium (G2) 17 Height 9.75 Widest Point Note Some inserts will be all black while others will be black/yellow, though the construction is the same. (function() var cycle true ('table.sizechart tbody tr').each(function(row) classname (cycle !cycle) 'light' 'dark' row.addClassName(classname) ) )()
T-pro is widely considered to be the best out there regarding back protectors. It seems very protective, and is quite flexible, so while its not quite as comfortable as not having a back pad at all, its definitely not intrusive. There is some ventilation, which makes it better than many other back pads which have no ventilation at all. That said I don't expect it to flow a ton of air, but I haven't seen many back protectors that would.
I got this for my men's size 44 Dainese jacket, and I got the smaller size. It fits perfectly and has good coverage. The larger size may have fit also, I'm not really sure, it would have been a tight fit if it did. I'm happy with the coverage of the small one though.